Make: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

I spontaneously decided to host People of Craft on Twitter this last week when there was an unexpected need. I walked through my encoding process – you can read what I wrote here.

I wasn’t originally planning to do a lace design as part of the week, but I was too tempted, and here we are!

Make: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst


  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. This is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Make is a multiple of 12 stitches and 8 rows.
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  • CDD: centered double decrease: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third.
  • DSD: double slip decrease; ssk, slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the next stitch over, then slip the result. (Right-leaning double decrease. Substitute knit 3 together if desired; they are similar but don’t look quite the same.)
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • sk2p: slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over. (Left-leaning double decrease.)
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarnover

Row 1 (RS): *k2, yo, k2tog, k1, DSD, yo x 2, k1 tbl, yo, cdd, yo ; work from *. [12 sts]
Row 2 (WS): *p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6 ; work from *.
Row 3: *k1, ssk, yo x 2, DSD, k2, yo, k4 ; work from *.
Row 4: *p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2 ; work from *.
Row 5: *yo, cdd, yo, k1 tbl, yo x 2, sk2p, k1, ssk, yo, k2 ; work from *.
Row 6: *p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4 ; work from *.
Row 7: *k4, yo, k2, sk2p, yo x 2, k2tog, k1 ; work from *.
Row 8: *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p8 ; work from *.